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Homeless Shelters & Transitional Housing

The goal of the The Salvation Army Shelters is not only to help families through difficult times, but also to enable them to find permanent housing and learn how to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Through our shelters, social workers and staff, we are able to aid in this way through the Zelma George Family Shelter, the P.A.S.S. Program,  Project SHARE, the Railton House, and the Transitional Housing Program at Cleveland's Harbor Light Complex.


Zelma George Family Shelter.  Located at the Harbor Light Complex, The Zelma George Family Shelter can house 35-40 families for a total of 110 individuals.  While the vast majority of the services are provided to women and children, intact families as well as men with children have accessed the program.  The average length of stay is 90-120 days.

While at the shelter, the clients have access to programs such as devotions/Bible study, parenting, self-esteem, GED, music therapy, HIV education classes & Project ACT (Cleveland Municipal School District) tutoring for children as well as other life skills based programming.  This program is partially funded by United Way, City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services (HUD), Ohio Department of Development & FEMA.

For questions regarding Harbor Light’s Zelma George Family Emergency Shelter please contact:
Barbara Butler , Program Manager (216) 619-4716 or email Barbara


PASS (Pick up Assessment & Shelter Services) Transitional Housing Program. Located at Harbor Light Complex, The PASS Transitional Housing Program is a 75-bed program that targets chronically homeless men who live a precarious existence on the streets or in emergency shelters. The basis for this program is to assist the men with addiction (drug & alcohol), teach basic life skills, education (GED classes) & employment skills that would lead the client towards greater self-sufficiency and in turn permanent housing.  PASS is partially funded through the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services (HUD) and Foundation gifts.

Contact: John Wolak, Program Manager, at (216) 781-3773 or email:


Project Share
Located at 2501 East 22nd Street Cleveland, Ohio 44115, Project Share is a higher level of transitional housing located on East 22nd Street.  This program is for formerly homeless men that have gainful employment, stable income and will be transitioning to permanent housing in nine (9) months. This 38-bed community environment places ownership on the client, emphasizing that the success/failure of the program is dependent on the program participants themselves.  Program participants have access to some supportive services.  The program is partially funded through minimal client program fees.

Contact: George Woodworth, Director of Social Services at (216) 781-3773 or email:


Railton House
provides transitional housing, case management and aftercare services for homeless men who require additional support on the way to permanent housing. Program components are comprised of: assessment and intake, individual and group counseling, peer support and intervention, recreation and socialization. Overnight program monitors are trained and available to, among other things, provide late-night crisis intervention.

Residents who effectively complete the transitional housing program at Railton House typically have earned a GED, completed college or vocational training, regained and/or maintained their sobriety, secured gainful employment, re-established family relationships and acquired permanent housing.

Contact: Rob Lax, Program Director, at (216) 361-6778 or email:


Transitional Housing Program -Located at the Harbor Light Complex, this program is comprised of 17 beds.  This higher-level transitional housing program provides an opportunity for our clients to foster self-sufficiency and access services that assist in their transition to permanent housing. These services include spiritual classes/workshops, GED classes, employment & housing assistance.  The program is partially funded through minimal client program fees.
Contact: Michelle White (Manager of Employee Relations) 216.619.4677 or email: